Saturday, August 27, 2005

Judgment of the Day

Here is stupidity: The parents who took their three year old boy to the movie,"Red Eye," a thriller in which a woman is terrorized by her seatmate, who happens to be a really bad guy. These people were walking ahead of me when the movie ended and I heard the man say to the little boy, "Did you like that?" Meanwhile, I'm thinking to myself, "You have GOT to be kidding me!"

Stupid people. Don't take preschoolers to movies that are meant for adults! Hire a babysitter or take the kid to a movie meant for him. What is wrong with people?


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Yeah...and while you're at it make sure you never watch the evening news because stories about dead Americans in Iraq might pop up.

Also, don't go watching the history channel because a story about how vicious the Christians were during the Crusades might be on.

Personally, I kept my son away from the Bible. Stoning and killing aren?t suitable for a young child.


7:39 AM  
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Blogger Judy said...

People ARE stupid. I just don't get it.

Two toddlers in my area were recently murdered by their parents significant others. Two to many.

I have a friend who watched daily as a baby was placed in a baby swing outside in the sun every morning, and not brought in until dark. She called social services, and they told her to close her curtains.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

The point of my answer was to illustrate that there are lots of things that can have a negative impact on the psyche of a child. Your choice of what to expose your child to would not be my choice. You find my comments baiting and inflammatory because you are a Christian and I question you just as you question the ?movie parents.?

In fact, I might just as easily accuse you of mental abuse for exposing your children to the murder, perversion and flat-out fantasy that is the Bible. I might also accuse you of movie abuse for taking your children to see the Passion of the Christ (if you did that). Would that be incredulous to you? Well, I feel your pain because for you to even suggest the possibility that the movie parents are abusing their child and some action should be taken is frightening.

Of course, that dad might have been teaching his son to be an Alpha Male. Perhaps he believes in walking on the wild side and teaching his son, at a very early age, the difference between fiction and fact? I would assume there is no Alpha Male handbook and that someone?s understanding of what an Alpha Male can and cannot do may vary.

There are no easy answers. One question, however, has been answered (as history can attest)-

Is FORCING your moral view on others abusive?


8:39 PM  
Blogger WordsRock said...

I'm in agreement with the post. It pisses me off no end for young children to be in a theatre showing something not age appropriate. It's just common sense.

I'm also in agreement with Elizabeth's point: forcing a personal moral view on others is not right. But that's also common sense.


8:55 PM  
Blogger Maryanne said...

The people that get me are the ones that take their young children to movies that are rated PG-13 or R, and then get upset that the movie is too violent/ sexual/ whatever for their child. Each parent needs to determine what's appropriate for their own children, but those pesky ratings should give you a clue! :)

It did make me almost physically ill to see a 6 year old walking in to see Sin City though.

Love the blog Mel!

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3:47 PM  
Blogger Reloaded said...

I think they acted stupidly in taking their three year old to the PG-13 movie. Borders on abuse even.

And I know a family. The wife yells and screams often at everyone in her household. She is acting stupidly. Verbally abusive.

But I don't know what I should do, if anything, when I see (or hear) people like the family in the theatre, or the family I know.

What to do when children are exposed to things they are ill equipped to handle? I have been told by too many parents how to raise my own kids, but what to do when abuse is apparent?

Is the movie theater thing abuse?

Good thought provoking post with no easy answers.

3:49 PM  

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